Dec 29 2008

Into Print!

Inside Edge, issue 7

Inside Edge, issue 7

I was awarded a job late last year, to produce print-ready copy for The Intrepid Repairer, the magazine of the National Association of Musical Repairers (NAMIR).

Although I've developed web-building skills over the last few years, I hadn't actually worked with page layout software, other than Microsoft Publisher. A job like this deserved the right tools for the task. So I bought QuarkXpress 7, and taught myself double quick. I really do have to acknowledge the online video tutorials at Lynda.com, a US company which specialises in teaching use of software I couldn't have done it without those tutorials, if only because print production is so very different from web-building software.

Inside Edge - issue 8

Inside Edge - issue 8

It took me a while to discover the resources for obtaining certification in using QuarkXpress, from a Florida-based company called Against the Clock. If I ever get the chance, I shall work through the documentation.

I produced my first issue of the magazine successfully, and was gratifed when members told me that they liked the clarity and readability of the layout.

My skills have also been pressed into use at Shepshed Town Cricket Club, for which I am producing Inside Edge, a 4-page newsletter, at regular intervals this cricket season – view the photos.  Not only that, I also wrote all the copy with the exception of the captain's column! If you'd like to see more examples of my print work, please download the files to view as pdfs

Inside Edge no. 7 (360 Kb) and Inside Edge no. 8 (490 Kb).

My first print catalogue using QuarkXpress can be seen at a client's site, Blazewear Heated Clothes. (1Mb)

Please contact me if you would like a quotation for print-ready work.

First published 1st June 2007.

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